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  • Samuels signs multi-million dollar bat deal

    first_imgWest Indies Batsman Marlon Samuels has signed a two-year endorsement deal with renowned bat makers C-A Sports.The lucrative, multimillion-dollar partnership will see Samuels using the top of the range CA Plus 15000 Elite Player Edition bat, plus the CA Sports thigh pads and gloves until January 2019.Samuels, an elegant middle-order batsman, will start using the bat during England’s One Day International tour of The West Indies from March 3 to March 9.Danny Arshad, Head of CA Player recruitment, says he is pleased to have Marlon Samuels as the newest ambassador for CA Sports.EXPLOSIVE CRICKET”We are delighted that the West Indies’ Top ODI batsman will be joining forces with the one of the world’s top manufacturers of cricket equipment to bring explosive cricket to fans everywhere.”Samuels is also pleased to represent CA Sports and the opportunities it presents him for helping to develop younger players.”What I like most about my CA bat deal is that it allows me to select two youngsters, who will also benefit directly by receiving bats from CA Sports. This ensures that while I benefit at present, I am also helping to build those who will inherit West Indies cricket after me,” Samuels said.Samuels joins a list of notable West Indian ambassadors, who have used the CA Sports bats, including Chris Gayle and Brian Lara.last_img read more

  • Raksha Bandhan – the bond of love

    first_imgDear Editor,‘Raksha Bandhan’, or ‘Rakhi’, is a special occasion to celebrate the emotional bonding of a sister tying a holy thread round her brother’s wrist. ‘Raksha Bandhan’ means ‘a bond of protection’, and it signifies that the strong must protect the weak from all evil.This ritual is observed on the full-moon day of the Hindu month of Shravan, when sisters tie the Rakhi on their brothers’ wrists, and pray for their long life. This ritual sometimes involves an aarti, where a tray with lighted lamp or candle is ritually rotated around the brother’s face, along with the prayer and well wishes.Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival that celebrates the love and bonding between brothers and sisters.Raksha Bandhan is an ancient festival, and has many stories behind it. Some of the famous stories include where the Rajput queen Rani Karnavati practised the custom of sending rakhi thread to Mugal Emperor Humayun as a token of brotherhood. Another popular one is from the Mahabharata, and it acknowledges the relationship between Lord Krishna and Draupadi.According to the epic, one morning, when Lord Krishna was flying a kite, he cut his finger on the abrasive string. Draupadi, who was nearby, saw him bleeding profusely and ran to him.She then tore a piece from her sari and tied it around his finger. Lord Krishna was so touched that in return he promised to protect her from all evil forever.This symbolises the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s lifelong vow to protect her.India, as we know, has a rich cultural heritage; and while there are many festivals observed throughout the year, Raksha Bandhan holds a special place. It is the time when siblings celebrate the special bond of love between them.During this festival, girls — with their friends or families — go out to buy Rakhis for their brothers, new clothes for themselves, sweets for relatives and friends etc; and boys, for their part, also go out to buy gifts for their sisters. Raksha Bandhan is one festival that protects and nurtures the loving relationship between brother and sister. Though the modern-day celebration has brought in various changes in the celebration, the significance of the festival is still the same.The Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore initiated the festival as a community celebration. He asked all the Muslims and Hindus to tie Rakhi, as this would help in maintaining harmony and peace between them. So, from this also, the festival of Raksha Bandhan started.The bonding between a brother and a sister is simply unique, and is beyond description in words. The relationship between siblings is extraordinary, and is given importance in every part of the world. However, when it comes to India, the relationship becomes all the more important, as there is a festival called “Raksha Bandhan” dedicated for the siblings’ love. It is a perfect way of spending time with your siblings. Happy RAKI Day.Sincerely,Pt Surendra Tiwarilast_img read more

  • CPL boosting Tourism Sector in Guyana

    first_imgOver the six years of its existence, the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has done well for various sectors in Guyana and across the Caribbean.One such sector has been tourism and hospitality. The Hero CPL and Sport Tourism in Guyana can go hand-in-hand. This belief was stressed across the board on Tuesday as the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana hosted the CPL sponsor, Hero MotoCorp, and representatives from CPL.Speaking at the event, Commercial Organiser of CPL, James Stewart, expressed his pleasure with the strides CPL has made to showcase Guyana.“In that respect, I think the way that CPL has been able to showcase Guyana –because it is a stunningly beautiful country you have here, and it deserves to beCommercial organizer of CPL, James Stewart, Hero representative Joshua Ramdehol, Director of Sport Christopher Jones, and Guyana Amazon Warriors Captain Chris Greenshowcased to the world (because it has) some of the most beautiful and unspoiled landscapes on the planet — CPL has been a powerful platform to project Guyana to the world,” Stewart proudly declared.Detailing some of the statistics based on the 2017 season, Stewart showed that total revenue coming into the Caribbean from that CPL season was US$95 million, of which Guyana received US$40 million.In addition, there were more than 190 million viewers worldwide witnessing the biggest party in sport; and that number continues to grow, Stewart revealed.For Hero representative Joshua Ramdehol, the CPL is more than just a sponsorship opportunity; it is also an occasion to see social cohesion played out before our very eyes.“I would like to touch a bit on the way sports tourism can help to achieve social cohesion. Cricket is the beloved sport of our nation. Even if there’s street cricket going on, you can see an audience watching on. I’m elated to see, at the games in Guyana, sold-out crowds of 15,000 in attendance from all social classes, races and diversity, jumping and celebrating together,” Ramdehol said.Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, urged that the hospitality sector do more than just accommodate tourists. He urged that a lasting impression be left with the tourists.“Essentially, we want to see our hotel owners and persons that provide tours not only see an opportunity to fill the hotel rooms, but we want persons from the outside world to explore Guyana. When Guyana boasts about having the largest single-drop waterfall, we want people to not only hear about Kaieteur, but go and visit,” he said.Giving reasons for his statement, Jones noted that this will pave the way for tourists to return, even when large sporting events are not happening.“Because, after the sporting events are done, we want those persons to return to Guyana on their own, invite persons, and of course promote Guyana through those mediums”, he reasoned.Captain of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Chris Green, also made an appearance at the event, detailing his time spent in Guyana. He noted that between the hectic team schedules, the little he has been able to see has been an amazing experience.“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in Guyana. I guess it’s very relevant for me to talk, coming here as a tourist myself. I think the work being done by the Tourism Board, the CPL and Hero together to promote not only cricket in Guyana, but Guyana itself, has been really commendable”, Green opined.The Caribbean Premier League has amassed some 95 million viewers all across the world, which does well for the promotion of Guyana as a tourist destination. In Guyana alone, some 4097 hotel rooms have been booked and 492 job opportunities created for citizens.last_img read more

  • Rape trial opens for polygamist leader Jeffs

    first_img“Give yourself to him, that means full obedience to righteous principles. No half way, no holding back,” Jeffs said on the tape. Taking her turn with the jury, defense attorney Tara Isaacson said the alleged victim’s cousin will testify that no rape occurred. She said other couples belonging to Jeffs’ FLDS church will talk about how he counsels them about marriage. During a 1999 sermon, Isaacson said, Jeffs told followers that a “man should only have marital relations with a wife if she invites it.” The girl may not have liked being married to her cousin, but “being unhappy is different from being raped,” Isaacson said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ST. GEORGE, Utah – A young woman who claims a polygamous-sect leader coerced her into marrying a cousin when she was 14 testified Thursday that she was raised to always obey if she wanted to preserve her salvation in heaven. Now 21, she was the first witness in the trial of Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who is charged with rape as an accomplice. The prosecutor contends Jeffs, 51, knew the girl objected to the 2001 ceremony and subsequent sexual relations but still commanded her to surrender “mind, body and soul” to a 19-year-old man. “And she did,” Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap told the jury. In addition to being a high-ranking church counselor in 2001, Jeffs had served as the girl’s teacher and principal while she attended an FLDS-run school in Salt Lake City, providing children with principles of the faith. In 2002, Jeffs became church president, or “prophet,” succeeding his father. “He was always an authority figure in my life,” she said of Jeffs. “The prophet was as God to us. He was God on Earth and his counselors were pretty much the same, so they had jurisdiction over us.” She will return to the witness stand today. Prosecutors played a tape of a marriage lesson recorded by Jeffs in 1997 to emphasize the point that obedience by women was expected. last_img read more

  • DONEGAL GROUP IN WITH A CHANCE TO REPRESENT IRELAND IN THE JUNIOR EUROVISION

    first_imgBlue Ribbon Junior Eurovision -Laura Foody, Kyra McBrearty, Ciara O Malley, Aife Davis (all pupils of Loreto Convent, Letterkenny) and Jason McLaughlin (Errigal College) representing Blue Ribbon Arts, under the band name, ‘Sceitimíní’, with Trudy O’Donnell, Brighdin Carr and Jason Fiel. Photo Clive WassonAs children and teens all over Ireland return to school this September, most are dreaming ahead to next Summer and the hope of some good weather! However, for one Letterkenny based group of friends, September means the excitement of a road trip to Dublin’s RTE studio and dreams of winning the chance to represent Ireland in the country’s first ever attempt at entering Junior Eurovision.Blue Ribbon Junior Eurovision -Laura Foody, Kyra McBrearty, Ciara O Malley, Aife Davis (all pupils of Loreto Convent, Letterkenny) and Jason McLaughlin (Errigal College) representing Blue Ribbon Arts, under the band name, ‘Sceitimíní’, with Trudy O’Donnell, Brighdin Carr and Jason Fiel. Photo Clive WassonLaura Foody, Kyra McBrearty, Ciara O Malley, Aife Davis (all pupils of Loreto Convent, Letterkenny) and Jason McLaughlin (Errigal College) representing Blue Ribbon Arts, under the band name, ‘Sceitimíní’, have successfully auditioned their way through the ranks to make it to the final selection for a new TV show, hosted by Adare Productions, Dublin, which will be broadcast in October in RTE. Their winning song, ‘Sé Seo’, co-written by Pan Celtic Winner Brighdín Carr, highlights the choices facing teenagers and families in the current climate, and the hope that Ireland’s youth will never forget where they came from and promise to return to their families, no matter whether in spirit, heart or body.When Adare Productions began their competition, the rules were clear. Children must be between the ages of 10 and 15 on the day of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, in Bulgaria, on 21st November, 2015.Indeed the eldest member of the group, Laura Foody, makes the deadline by a mere two days, turning 16 on the 23rd November.Next, the children had to have at least one person involved in the creation of the song they wished to enter. As Brighdín and the secondary school students had already had written the bones of a song, ‘Sé seo mo ghuí’, when writing for the National Pan Celtic Song Contest, (which was then discarded by her group, Foireann Brí, in favour of ‘Árainn Mhór’, which went on to win the National title), the group had another look at the song and decided to tweak the lyrics, modernise the genre and make it their own.Incidentally, it emerged that from a nationwide selection process and auditions which were held in 5 venues around the country as well as Dublin, only six acts from Donegal had made it through to the next round.Amazingly,three of those acts were from Blue Ribbon Arts.Juniors ‘Cúig’ (Daithí Freeburn, Lurgybrack NS; Padraig Gallagher, Abbie McNulty, Gillian Reynolds and Clíodhna Patton, Woodlands NS) , with their song ‘Stad Na Deora’ and ‘Cómhrá’ (Clodagh Sweeney, (Woodlands NS, Sinéad MacIntyre, Caoimhe Gallagher, Laura Bonar and Shauna Higgins, Gaelscoil Adhamhnain;), who co-penned their song, ‘Éistigí Linn’. Both groups and songs represented their county well, and will perform them in upcoming concerts over Culture Weekend. Sceitimíní, however, along with another inspirational young group from Donegal Town, ‘Revolutionary’, (winners of the Mary From Dungloe Busking Competition) will now carry the flag for the county.With the news that they were through to Round C, the televised show, Sceitimíní have certainly upped their game. Three of the team are no strangers to competition as they were fortunate to be a part of the Foireann Brí group when Foireann Brí won the Pan Celtic this year. With the additional help of bandmates and mentors Trudy O Donnell and Jason Friel, as well as choreography mentoring from Blue Ribbon Leader, Victoria Wilson, Sceitimíní and Brighdín are busy in rehearsal as they look forward to delivering their entry on our screens this coming month.Go n-éirí an bhóthair leo go léir.DONEGAL GROUP IN WITH A CHANCE TO REPRESENT IRELAND IN THE JUNIOR EUROVISION was last modified: September 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • TEN MORE TOWNS ACROSS DONEGAL TO BE PART OF FOOD WASTE REGULATIONS

    first_imgTen more towns throughout Donegal are to be included under the Waste Management (Household Food Waste) Regulations 2012 from next month, July 2015.They are: Ballyshannon, Ballybofey-Stranorlar, Buncrana, Bunbeg-Derrybeg, Bundoran, Carndonagh, Donegal Town and Lifford.Since July 2014 these regulations have placed an obligation on householders in Letterkenny to ‘source segregate’ their household food waste and present it for collection for processing. Alternatively a householder was allowed to compost their food waste on their own property. In either event household food waste cannot be mixed with general residual waste destined for disposal at landfills.From July 2016 the regulations will apply to a further 19 towns and villages.It is a condition of the Waste Collectors Permits to provide this service (Brown Bin) and for appropriate treatment/processing. The Council has been engaging with the Collectors to ensure their compliance.What does this mean for the householder?These regulations mean the householder will be required to keep their food waste out of the ‘residual’ bin and present it for collection by their waste collector. An additional bin will be provided by the waste collector and households are encouraged to contact their own waste collector for further information.All food waste, including meats and dairy products will go into the new bin.Waste collectors will advise on what can and cannot go into the food waste bin.Where does this waste go? The food waste will be composted and the final product will be used for soil conditioning either on gardens or on farmlands. What does the householder need to do to get their bin and is there additional costs involved?All the householder should have to do is contact their waste collector and ask for a food waste bin. For householders on fixed rate charges there should be no increased cost. For Pay as You Throw customers they should contact their waste collector for more information.There are new regulations due regarding household waste charges which should lead to the householder being rewarded for their efforts in separating out the waste fractions in their homes. These regulations should be in place by mid-2016.Why is this change being introduced? All EU states are obliged to comply with the EU Waste Framework Directive, which amongst other things provides for the removal of biodegradable wastes from landfills. This is to protect the environment now and in the future from the consequences of the decomposition of wastes such as food that results in highly polluting leachates and greenhouse gases such as methane.By removing food waste from landfills the production of these pollutants is considerably reduced, which in turn reduces the cost of running the landfills now and for next 40 years.This does not just benefit us today but will be a worthwhile legacy for our children in the future.TEN MORE TOWNS ACROSS DONEGAL TO BE PART OF FOOD WASTE REGULATIONS was last modified: June 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:binsdonegalfoodwastelast_img read more

  • Rams open exhibition season against Raiders, with both teams eyeing new homes

    first_imgThe Oakland Raiders glitzy new stadium in Las Vegas is still a year away from opening, so the Rams will visit the venue affectionately referred to by some as “The Black Hole” for their first exhibition game of 2019 Saturday night in Oakland.The Rams and Raiders have something of a vagabond existence in common, both playing in temporary homes while their new, multi-billion-dollar stadiums are being constructed, both franchises having fled Southern California in 1995 – the Raiders returning to …last_img read more

  • Finland boosts SA small business

    first_img26 January 2006The governments of Finland and South Africa have each committed €6-million (R44.5-million) to a four-year programme to develop small business in SA.The money will go to the SA government’s Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), with Finnish small enterprises expert Liisa Tervo working as a special advisor to Seda CEO Wawa Damane for two years.“The aim is to set up efficient service delivery systems for SMMEs in all provinces and to also reach smaller towns as well as localities,” Tervo said.The programme is to be implemented at the agency’s strategic, management and operational levels.“This will include building the capacity of management and other staff, and helping Seda develop systems of service delivery,” she said.Damane said the agency had made progress since its launch in December 2004, with an analysis of the its internal capacity, structure and strategy carried out during the course of 2005.Seda opened its first provincial office and two branches in North West province in August 2005, with support and funding from the provincial government.“To us it’s not only about setting up these offices, it’s about them responding to the needs of the people in line with their provincial growth and development strategies,” Damane said.“We’re very conscious about the needs of the entrepreneur. We want to streamline opportunities and make sure that people in the province are aware of them.”The North West government, she said, had invited the agency to convert three of its enterprise advisory offices into Seda service centres.“So by the end of this year we’ll have five centres in that province.”Seda is also set to open provincial offices in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape, Free State and the Eastern Cape before the end of the current financial year. Smaller branches will also be established to function as the agency’s main service delivery points.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

  • The Obama Problem Of The 21st Century

    first_imgThe press conference of the American Muslim Democratic Caucus was instructive of some of the inherent problems in Barack Obama’s candidacy for White House. As The Democratic Convention is called the Anxiety Convention, what was expressed here by the American Muslims in front of reporters told volumes.Their anxiety is this: They feel a sense of empathy for Obama. They believe this is a historic opportunity for American Muslims as well as African Americans to have one of “their own,” in the White House after this historic election. However, Obama has distanced himself from his “Muslim” heritage and hidden his racial identity to usher this politics into a post-racial, conciliatory era. That is his appeal and his charm to the majority White population, or what some call, the mainstream.American Muslims feel a sense of excitement about all of this but also a sense of dismay that Obama has kept his distance from them. African Americans, as we know, are similarly ambivalent, feeling part excitement and part anxiety that “one of their own” does not speak their language and does not speak of their issues and when he does, he only chastises them for their social ills.One would think this Convention would be brimming with excitement.  One of the worst occupants in the White House, disasters abroad and home, with impending doom around the corner on one side and a young, photogenic, mix-race Democrat who can woo crowds of thousands on the other and we have an ingredients for one of the most exciting gatherings of the faithful.People are weary that Obama was once a Muslim and does not want to walk with them now. He is partly African American, but does not want to jive with them now and yet, he is asking for their help, relying on the identity they share with him to propel him to office.Let us call this the Obama problem of the 21st Century. With increasing diversity and mixed relationships across race and religion, we have fluid, mixed and dynamic identities. This is defining this world, flat or not. And the first proponent of this phenomenon, the first test of this new age, is presenting himself with the posture that he does not want to wear his identity on his sleeve (except when politically expedient), but believes that he can hide it and speak the language of the club he wants to join.Do we prefer this backdoor identity that puts a veil on what we are or do we force the world to accept us as who we are, mixed and diverse and of course, with a language that includes our identity as well as yours. Obama has offered one solution, the former one. This Convention, like the campaign that preceded it, shows that this is a formidable task, an yet an uncharted territory, and full of anxiety.If he succeeds, we will have ushered in a new age. Perhaps one that will re-write the identities of immigrants, mixed race people and people of race for years to come. If he fails, we will have retreated to a place that would be much worse than what it was 40 years ago, when Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his vision for the world.August 27, 2008 Related Itemslast_img read more

  • Notre Dame Adds Wide Receiver To 2020 Class

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p The official announcement from Brunelle took place on Twitter.Check it out:Proverbs 16:3“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”C O M M I T T E D🎥: @epps_kristian pic.twitter.com/wNnmqCPFWJ— JAY BRUNELLE¹ (@jabrunie) June 26, 2019Regardless of his ranking, Brunelle should give the Fighting Irish a shifty wideout to rely on for years to come. During his junior season of high school, the St. John’s product had 69 receptions for 1,158 yards and 18 touchdowns.Notre Dame is putting together an impressive 2020 recruiting class. The Fighting Irish have commitments from 15 players, making it the No. 5 ranked class in the entire country.The only programs that are above Notre Dame in the 247Sports recruiting rankings are Clemson, Alabama, LSU and Georgia. Notre Dame runs onto the field ahead of a game vs. Wake Forest.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)This past weekend was critical for a plethora of football programs around the country. Although Notre Dame didn’t land any recruits while they visited campus, it has picked up a pair during this week, including the latest of the 2020 class moments ago.Head coach Brian Kelly picked up a commitment from three-star wide receiver Jay Brunelle. Michigan and Boston College were in pursuit of him, but he ultimately chose Notre Dame.Brunelle is the No. 138 wide receiver and No. 8 recruit from Massachusetts, per 247Sports. The Fighting Irish had a strong impression of him from his previous trip to South Bend.Notre Dame has a trio of wide receivers in its 2020 class, which includes five-star recruit Jordan Johnson.last_img read more